Sectional Or Interconnectable (e.g., Modules) Patents (Class 455/349)
  • Patent number: 10122401
    Abstract: A mobile terminal includes a metal frame including a base portion and an edge portion formed along the outer edge of the base portion, first and second cases bonded to the front and back sides of the metal frame so as to expose the edge portion to the outside, first and second waterproof layers formed between the cases and the metal frame, conductive members that operate a radiator for antennas, together with the edge portion, and are formed on one side of the second case, and feeding portions for feeding the conductive members, the feeding portions being disposed in an enclosed space formed by the waterproof layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yeomin Youn, Jaehyun Choi, Jungsun Ahn, Changil Kim, Kangjae Jung
  • Patent number: 10021812
    Abstract: A radio device including: a housing, a heat sink provided on an external surface of the housing, the heat sink extending in a vertical direction of the housing, a board accommodated inside the housing in the vertical direction, the board being coupled to the heat sink through the housing, the board including a first area and a second area, the first area being located above the second area in the vertical direction, and a plurality of electronic components provided on the board, the plurality of electronic components including at least one first electronic component and at least one second electronic component, the at least one first electronic component being more heat-resistant than the at least one second electronic component, the at least one first electronic component being provided on the first area, the at least one second electronic component being provided on the second area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Hitoshi Nakazawa, Hiroyuki Miura
  • Patent number: 9841824
    Abstract: A combination computing device and input device. The computing device provides a plurality of sides. The input device providing a structural bridge, a pair of control modules, and a touch sensitive input module attached to the back side of the input device. The pair of control modules: confine the computing device on at least two opposing sides of the plurality of sides; adaptively and snugly accommodate the width of the computing device else a second computing device, the second computing device having a width greater than the width of the computing device; adaptively and snugly, accommodate the length of either the computing device, or the second computing device, the second computing device having a length greater than the length of the computing device; and a keyboard module integrated within at least one of the control modules, the keyboard module configured to provide full keyboard functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Wikipad, Inc.
    Inventors: Fraser Townley, Kelly D. Gamble, Daniel P. Dooley
  • Patent number: 9841786
    Abstract: A combination computing device and input device. The computing device provides a plurality of sides. The input device providing a structural bridge, a pair of control modules, a touch sensitive input module attached to the back side of the input device, and a transactional input device. The pair of control modules: confine the computing device on at least two opposing sides of the plurality of sides; adaptively and snugly accommodate the width of the computing device else a second computing device, the second computing device having a width greater than the width of the computing device; adaptively and snugly, accommodate the length of either the computing device, or the second computing device, the second computing device having a length greater than the length of the computing device. Transactional input device integrated within at least one of the of control modules, and configured to provide point of sale input functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Wikipad, Inc.
    Inventors: Fraser Townley, Kelly D. Gamble, Daniel P. Dooley
  • Patent number: 9839842
    Abstract: A device directed to a combination computing and input device. The computing device providing a plurality of sides, each of the plurality of sides are disposed between an electronic display screen and a back of the computing device. The input device communicates with the computing device and provides a pair of control modules adjacent to and confining the computing device on at least two opposing sides of the computing device. The input device further provides a structural bridge securing the pair of control modules one to the other, a touch sensitive input module, and a transaction system configured for point of sale use. The structural bridge adaptively and snugly accommodate the length of the computing device. A first of the pair of control modules features a retention mechanism communicating with the structural bridge, which snugly accommodates the length of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Wikipad, Inc.
    Inventors: Fraser Townley, Kelly D. Gamble, Daniel P. Dooley
  • Patent number: 9780845
    Abstract: A communication system that includes a mobile device configured to dock with an external dock. The mobile device can include a docking interface and a transceiver having one or more antennas. The docking interface can establish a connection with the external dock. The external dock can include one or more antennas that are configured to connect to transceiver via the docking interface when the mobile device is connected to the external dock. The antenna(s) of the mobile device and the antenna(s) of the external dock can cooperatively communicate with one or more communication environments. The antenna(s) of the mobile device and the antenna(s) of the external dock can be configured as a Multiple-input Multiple-output (MIMO) antenna system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Tim Liu, Andy B. Wang
  • Patent number: 9621229
    Abstract: A system for enabling a chassis-coupled modular mobile electronic device includes a chassis, a set of module couplers (coupled to the chassis) that removably and mechanically couple modules of the modular mobile electronic device to the chassis, a module communication network configured to enable data transfer between the modules through the module communication network when the modules are coupled to the chassis, and a module power network configured to enable power transfer between the modules when the modules are coupled to the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Google, Inc.
    Inventors: David Fishman, Seth Newburg, Ara Knaian, Marisa Bober, Paul Eremenko
  • Patent number: 9554204
    Abstract: Even if an external output device like an earphone is disconnected during outputting of reproduced recorded contents, the recorded contents can be consecutively output at the time of subsequent reproduction. When an earphone connection detector detects that an earphone is disconnected during the reproduction operation of reproducing and outputting audio and image information in a recording section with the earphone being connected, a CPU performs control in such a manner as to stop the reproduction operation. When the earphone connection detector detects that the earphone is connected while the reproduction operation is stopped, the CPU resumes reproducing the audio and image information in the recording section at the stop position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Lenovo Innovations Limited (Hong Kong)
    Inventor: Atsuo Souma
  • Patent number: 9442527
    Abstract: Apparatus, system and method for docking and/or undocking a remote device, A docking body includes a docking cavity and an access cavity, for providing lateral support, guidance and access for the remote device. Communications is configured to receive a control signal based on a sensed condition, wherein the sensed condition may include a proximity and/or position of a user's hand relative to the docking body, and/or an operating parameter of a vehicle. A coupling apparatus is provided for magnetically coupling the body of the remote device to at least a portion of the docking body. The coupling apparatus may be configured to modify the strength of the magnetic coupling based on the control signal to assist in insertion/removal. Under illustrative configurations, the docking body and the coupling apparatus allow for oblique insertion and oblique removal of the body of the remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignees: AUDI AG, VOLKSWAGEN AG
    Inventor: Norwin Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9158346
    Abstract: A main board, comprising a first set of memory slots, the first set of memory slots comprising a first channel and a second channel disposed in parallel with each other, and each of the first channel and the second channel comprising a first type of slot and a second type of slot respectively, wherein the first type of slot and the second type of slot of the first channel are disposed at a first side and a second side of the first channel respectively, the first type of slot and the second type of slot of the second channel are disposed at a first side and a second side of the second channel respectively, and the first side of the first channel is adjacent to the first side of the second channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Celestica Technology Consultancy (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yung-Chieh Chen
  • Patent number: 9135940
    Abstract: A radio frequency (RF) circuit includes a first microchip for transmitting RF signal, a second microchip, two resistors and at least two signal lines. Each signal line has opposite first and second ends, and each first end of each signal line is connected to the first microchip and each second end of each signal line is connected to the second microchip. Each signal line defines first and second gaps, the first gaps are adjacent to the first microchip and the second gaps are adjacent to the second microchip. The two resistors are selectively located at the gaps of any one signal line, whereby the first microchip and the second microchip are connected to each other through the signal line and the resistors to form a connection path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignees: SHENZHEN FUTAIHONG PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., Chi Mei Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiao-Dong Wang, Hang Dong, Ya-Nan Chen, Jian-Yan Feng
  • Patent number: 9077437
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a front-end circuit (FEC) that is connectable to at least two radiators (RAD1M, RAD1D), wherein the front-end circuit (FEC) comprises sub-circuits (SC) and each sub-circuit (SC) is associated to one radiator (RAD1M, RAD1D). Further, each sub-circuit (SC) comprises a signal path (SP), an antenna port (AP) that is electrically coupled to the signal path (SP) and connectable to the radiator (RAD1M, RAD1D), a grounding port (GP) that is connectable to the radiator (RAD1M, RAD1D), a ground termination circuit (GTC), and a grounding switch (GS) that is electrically coupled to the grounding port (GP) and to the grounding termination circuit (GTC).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: EPCOS AG
    Inventors: Pekka Ikonen, Juha Ellä, Pasi Tikka
  • Patent number: 9026061
    Abstract: An integrated chip (IC) package may include a waveguide that comprises a cavity, a first chip and a second chip. The first chip includes a first radio frequency (RF) transceiver that may be coupled to a first probe that extends into the cavity of the waveguide and/or a first antenna that is positioned over a first opening in the waveguide. The second chip includes a second RF transceiver that may be coupled to a second probe that extends into the cavity of the waveguide and/or a second antenna that is positioned over a second opening in the waveguide. The first and second chips may be configured to communicate with one another exclusively by the first and second RF transceivers transmitting and receiving RF signals through the cavity of the waveguide via the first and second probes and/or the first and second antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Ahmadreza Rofougaran
  • Patent number: 8995912
    Abstract: Communication between chips is provided using a transmission line. Any one of the chips may tap into the transmission line, and communicate with another chip tapped into the transmission line by transmitting a radio frequency (RF) signal to the other chip via the transmission line or receiving an RF signal from the other chip via the transmission line. The transmission line may include a microstrip transmission line, a waveguide, a stripline transmission line, or another type of transmission line. The chips may use the transmission line to communicate data, control and/or clock signals with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Ahmadreza Rofougaran
  • Patent number: 8913395
    Abstract: This is directed to connecting two or more elements using an intermediate element constructed from a material that changes between states. An electronic device can include one or more components constructed by connecting several elements. To provide a connection having a reduced or small size or cross-section and construct a component having high tolerances, a material can be provided in a first state in which it flows between the elements before changing to a second state in which it adheres to the elements and provides a structurally sound connection. For example, a plastic can be molded between the elements. As another example, a composite material can be brazed between the elements. In some cases, internal surfaces of the elements can include one or more features for enhancing a bond between the elements and the material providing the interface between the elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Myers, Mattia Pascolini, Richard Dinh, Trent Weber, Robert Schlub, Josh Nickel, Robert Hill, Nanbo Jin, Tang Tan
  • Patent number: 8879913
    Abstract: The invention relates to a piece of customer premises equipment (CPE) comprising a physical connector (21) for linking to a broadband network and a distributing structure (NTU, 24) that is connected to said physical connector for distributing broadband elements over one or more service modules (RGUs A, B, C, D) for associated customer modules (CUEs E, F, G, H). According to the invention, said distributing structure (NTU, 24) comprises a plurality of mechanically modularly arranged connector facilities (25) at an interface between the distributing structure and the service modules so as to provide a repeatedly mechanically exchangeable connection for a service module (RGU) belonging to one service provider from a range of mutually distinct service providers each time. The distributing structure (NTU, 24) is further provided with means (26, 27) for making said mutually distinct service providers indiscriminately exchangeable among said connector facilities (25).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Genexis B.V.
    Inventors: Maarten Egmond, Gerard Nicolaas Van Den Hoven, Paulus Ferdinand Joseph Schepers, Maurice Martinus De Laat, Jori Pieter Andre Spaa, Jacob Hendrik Martin Berends
  • Patent number: 8880129
    Abstract: A mobile terminal is provided. The mobile terminal includes a terminal body, a window disposed at one surface of a terminal body, a first frame having a space for mounting one or more components, the first frame having a first cavity, a display configured to output visual information through the window, the display being located at the first cavity, a battery configured to supply power to the terminal body, the battery being located at the first cavity, and a separation sheet coupled to the first frame to separate a first region of the terminal body where the display is located from a second region of the terminal body where the battery is located. A periphery of the separation sheet contacts the bottom of the first cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hyunwoo Lee, Wonseok Joo
  • Patent number: 8818301
    Abstract: The transmission device is constituted by transmitting units which are accommodated within a case in a state so that, in an xyz orthogonal coordinate system, in the z axis direction only two transmitting units are disposed adjacently and so that planar conducting plates are opposed to each other; in the x axis direction, two adjacent transmitting units are disposed so that one end portion of one unit and the other end portion of the other unit are adjacent; and in the y axis direction, two adjacent transmitting units are disposed so that one end portion of one unit and the other end portion of the other unit are adjacent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Nakatani, Shu Yamada, Sigeki Sakakibara, Michito Kaneko
  • Patent number: 8750785
    Abstract: A receiving unit 28 includes a tuner circuit board 104 that receives a satellite signal. The tuner circuit board 104 demodulates and decodes the satellite signal to form a second signal. The second signal is provided to a processor board 112 that is separated from the tuner and formats the second signal to form an audio signal and a video signal. An integrated bus 100 couples the tuner circuit board 104 and the processor circuit board 112. The integrated bus 100 comprises the second signal, the audio signal and the video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Linh Nguyen, Jorge Guzman
  • Patent number: 8503970
    Abstract: An exemplary portable communication device and system comprises interchangeable speaker modules allowing different speakers to be used with a portable communication device assembly. The speaker modules and the portable communication device assembly form portable communication devices when the speaker modules are secured to the portable communication device assembly. In the exemplary embodiment, a slim speaker module includes a speaker suitable for operation during proximate communications where the portable communication device is placed near the user's ear. An extended speaker module includes a larger speaker providing improved performance during non-proximate communications where the portable communication device is positioned away from the ear such as during a push-to-talk (PTT) call or when a speaker phone option is invoked. In the exemplary embodiment, the speaker modules also perform the function of a battery compartment door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Chad Tyler Uyehara
  • Patent number: 8483784
    Abstract: A mobile communication device may include at least a lid member and a base member which are hingeably coupled together by a linkage mechanism. The device may include additional interface elements on an interface surface accessible when the device is in the closed position. A mobile communication device is provided which further comprises a rotatable member having an interface surface. The linkage mechanism actuates movement of the rotatable member from a first rotation state, such that the interface surface is accessible when the device is in a closed position, to a second rotational state, such that the interface surface is positioned between and concurrently viewable with inner surfaces of the lid and base members when the device is in an opened position. The linkage mechanism actuates the movement of the rotatable member responsive to movement of the device from the closed to the opened position and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Jason Tyler Griffin, Martin Riddiford, James Reeves, Julia Allwright
  • Patent number: 8355690
    Abstract: An electrical connector adaptor system for connecting a base media device having at least one integral electrical connector with one or more detachable second media devices. The integral connector is located within a mechanical adaptor for protecting a second media device from mechanical damage and/or to prevent lateral movement of the second media device. Each second media device has a connector that may differ from a connector of other second media devices, or the second media device may have a different form factor from other second media devices. The system includes a detachable electrical connector adaptor module which has a first electrical connector for mating with the base media device integral connector and a second electrical connector for mating with the second media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Chestnut Hill Sound, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Krampf, Evan B. Ross, Trung Quoc Phung
  • Patent number: 8306500
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mobile terminal including a main body having a display module, a window disposed on a case of the main body to obscure the display module, a touch sensor mounted onto the window and configured to detect a touch input, and a piezoelectric substrate controlled to generate a vibration in response to detection of the touch input and formed in a bar-like shape extending in one direction, the piezoelectric substrate accommodated in a recess portion recessed into one surface of the window at an edge region of the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Gihoon Tho, Seungsu Yang, Youngtae Im, Jaewook Lee, Seokyong Park
  • Patent number: 8280459
    Abstract: A continuous housing (100) and integral user interface (101) is disclosed. The housing comprising a continuous housing having a cavity (117) to receive an electrical component and to surround the component on a plurality of sides. The housing further comprises, an integral user interface portion incorporated into a continuous housing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason P Wojack, Joseph L Allore, Gary R Weiss
  • Patent number: 8264829
    Abstract: A portable computer system is provided having a base unit and a detachable display unit. The display unit can be oriented in landscape and portrait orientations, or can be replaced by display units having different physical characteristics. A support structure can be deployed to provide increased physical stability when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventor: George Moser
  • Patent number: 8244203
    Abstract: A module for radio frequency signal circuits includes an electrically conductive housing. Coax connectors are secured to the rear face of the housing. A circuit board is contained within the interior spaced between sidewalls of the housing. A ground side of the circuit board includes a layer of electrically conductive material which is electrically connected to the housing. Coax cables extend within the interior of the housing from the coax connectors and between the ground side of the circuit board and an opposing sidewall. An opposite side of the circuit board contains circuit components interconnected with one another through a plurality of circuit paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: ATX Networks Corp.
    Inventors: Andrew Reino Anderson, Glen Brian Backes, Richard Thomas Demulling, Dominic Louwagie, Todd Charles Ortberg, Edward F. Sansone
  • Patent number: 8238893
    Abstract: Techniques for facilitating interoperation between a portable media device having an RF tuner and an accessory device. In certain embodiments, the portable media device and the accessory can exchange various commands pertaining to the capabilities, state, and/or operation of the tuner. For example, in one set of embodiments the accessory can send one or more commands requesting information about the capabilities of the tuner, and the portable media device can provide the requested capability information. In another set of embodiments, the accessory can send one or more commands requesting execution of a particular action with respect to the tuner, and the portable media device can perform the requested action. In this manner, certain embodiments of the present invention enable a user to control the tuner functionality of the portable media device via the accessory, rather than, e.g., via an input interface located directly on the portable media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Bolton, Jason J. Yew
  • Patent number: 8233927
    Abstract: Telecommunication system based on IP technology, comprising a primary media gateway (1), at least one secondary media gateway (2, 3) to be synchronized onto the primary media gateway (1), and several radio base stations (4-10), at each secondary media gateway (2, 3), at least one radio base station (5, 9) connected to it being provided with a device with which the radio base station (5, 9) can be synchronized onto the emission of another radio base station (4, 8) in order to regenerate the system clock and to transmit it to the connected secondary media gateway (2, 3), and each secondary media gateway (2, 3) being provided with at least one connection for a radio base station (5, 9), through which the regenerated clock can be received and used for controlling the internal clock of the secondary media gateway (2, 3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Rainer Müller, Andreas Krantzik
  • Patent number: 8233270
    Abstract: A modular data center is constructed utilizing two building modules, wherein each of two modules includes a computer rack disposed therein which computer rack is spaced apart from an exterior wall to define an exterior access space and spaced apart from an interior opening to define an interior access space. When the two building modules are joined so that the openings abut one another, the interior access spaces of the two modules form a contiguous space between the two computer racks, which space satisfies access requirements for each computer rack. The interior access space between the two computer racks may be enclosed to form an environment that can be separately cooled from the remainder of the modular data center. A method provides two building modules, each containing a computer rack, which modules are joined so that the access spaces for the computer racks overlap, wherein a portion of the computer rack access space of one module forms part of the computer rack access space of the other module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Turbine Air Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Thomas L. Pierson, Loyd Guillot, Michael Felker
  • Patent number: 8213666
    Abstract: A set of headphones is configured with an integrated accessory receiving space and a device connector that interface with a variety of different interchangeable accessories. The accessories can range from a personal media player that can render audio, such as MP3 (Moving Pictures Expert Group, MPEG-1, audio layer 3) content, to rechargeable battery packs, storage devices, and modules that can support wireless communication between the headphones and other devices such as media centers, game consoles, and personal computers (“PCs”). A user can pick an accessory and snap it into the receiving space of the headphones. When so installed, the accessory becomes physically and functionally embedded so that its functionality becomes seamlessly integrated with operation of the headphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Michael R. Groesch
  • Patent number: 8208246
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided an electronic apparatus including: a display device including a display screen; a housing that accommodates the display device and that includes a first opening portion facing a central portion of the display screen and a second opening portion facing a circumferential edge portion of the display screen; a support portion that supports the housing so as to be rotatable between an opened position where the display screen is exposed and a closed position where the display screen is hidden; and an elastic member that is packed between the circumferential edge portion of the display screen and the housing and that protrudes from the housing through the second opening portion so as to abut on the support portion located when the hosing is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Satoshi Yokote
  • Patent number: 8199526
    Abstract: An exemplary electronic apparatus includes a housing, a wireless communication device disposed on the housing, and a motherboard received in the housing. The wireless communication device includes a circuit board and a wireless communication module disposed on the circuit board. The circuit board is connected the motherboard by electrical wires. The wireless communication module is located at an outside of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiao-Hui Yu, Wen-Hsiang Hung, Xiao-Yong Ma, Meng-Ping Xu
  • Patent number: 8175099
    Abstract: A modular development platform is described which enables creation of reliable, compact, physically robust and power efficient embedded device prototypes. The platform consists of a base module which holds the processor and one or more peripheral modules each having a peripheral device and an interface element. The modules can be electrically and physically connected together. The base module communicates with peripheral modules using packets of data with an addressing portion which identifies the peripheral module that is the intended recipient of the data packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen E. Hodges, David Alexander Butler, Shahram Izadi, Chih-Chieh Han
  • Patent number: 8160184
    Abstract: A method for extracting time information from a received, amplitude-modulated time signal is provided. The method provides that the time signal is demodulated, the analog signal thus obtained is digitized by a comparator, and the digital signal thus obtained is analyzed to extract the time information. In addition, a characteristic value of the time duration of at least one signal phase of a specific signal level of the digital signal is compared to a target value, and a comparator threshold of the comparator is altered as a function of a result of the comparison such that the time duration of at least the applicable signal phase of the digital signal approaches the target value. In this way, an improved system sensitivity is achieved according to the invention in a receiver for receiving time signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Atmel Corporation
    Inventor: Horst Haefner
  • Patent number: 8149575
    Abstract: A waterproof electronic device includes an upper shell and a lower shell configured for detachably and hermetically assembling with the upper shell. At least one of the upper shell and lower shell comprising a rubber layer disposed thereon to hermetically assemble with each other. The invention further provides a method for making the waterproof electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Mu-Wen Yang, Chih-Chiang Chang
  • Patent number: 8068806
    Abstract: A portable terminal apparatus where a talking can be speedily switched to that using a bone conduction speaker even in the talking. In this device, an upper housing (101) has a cutout section (106) for clearing a step section (103). Installation sections (107) are arranged so as to set the cutout section (106) between them and are combined with a hinge provided in the step section (103). The upper housing (101) can be pivoted and folded relative to a lower housing (102). The lower housing (102) has a keypad (110) and also has the step section (103) formed higher by one step than a panel surface (112) of the lower housing (102). The step section (103) receives a bone conduction speaker (104) and has at its top section a vibration surface (105).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Koji Taniguchi, Katsumasa Yamaguchi, Akitoshi Mori
  • Patent number: 8018909
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an arrangement comprising a functional server node forming part of a conglomerate, or pool, of functional server nodes in common controlling a number of radio network control means, each functional server node being able to control any, or a number of, radio network control means, to which mobile stations are connected. The functional server nodes support transfer/redistribution of mobile stations between each other without interrupting the connection of the mobile stations, a target functional server node, to which it has been decided that a mobile station is to be transferred from a current functional server node, generates an area update or transfer acceptance message comprising an identification of the current functional server node, an identification of the target functional server node and a transfer indications. The invention also relates to a method of redistributing or transferring mobile station contexts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (Publ)
    Inventors: Anders Ahlen, Niklas Sven Lundin, Staffan Winell
  • Patent number: 8014841
    Abstract: A mobile terminal having a housing, a circuitry supporting substrate located in the housing, the circuitry supporting substrate having an opening formed within the circuitry supporting substrate, and a camera extending into the opening of the circuitry supporting substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Won Seok Joo, Kwang Hyun Ann
  • Patent number: 7978263
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device hinge for mechanically connecting first and second rotatable body members of a handheld electronic device, said hinge comprising a first bracket and a second bracket, wherein said first bracket comprises: a first connecting member for connecting to the first rotatable body member of the handheld electronic device for rotation around a first axis; and a second connecting member connected to the second bracket for rotation of said second bracket around a second axis, said first and second axes being parallel to each other, and wherein said second bracket comprises a third connecting member for connecting to the second rotatable body member of the handheld electronic device for rotation around a third axis, said third axis being perpendicular to said first and second axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: James Eldon, Ricky Barnet, Anthony Dalby, Brian Davidson
  • Patent number: 7966041
    Abstract: The present invention involves a radio communication terminal comprising a camera module and an information receiving device, wherein said camera module comprise at least one mounting opening, said radio communication terminal further comprise at least one pin, which is connected to said information receiving device, and at least one resilient member, and said pin is adapted to be inserted into said mounting opening of said camera module and to interact with said resilient member to lock the camera module to the information receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB
    Inventor: Tobias Wiesel
  • Patent number: 7957136
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes: a housing having an internal space formed by top, bottom and side plates; and a power-source housing section formed next to a part of the side plate in the internal space and having a plate wall shaped such that a part adjacent to the side plate is near the side plate on one side and is away from the side plate on the other side in a direction connecting the top plate with the bottom plate. The apparatus further includes: a power-source block having an outer wall-surface whose shape conforms to the plate wall and housed in the power-source housing section; an antenna disposed in a space between the side plate and the plate wall; and a circuit board disposed in the internal space and mounted with an electronic circuit that operates based on power supplied from the power-source block housed in the power-source housing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Takeshi Murakami
  • Patent number: 7929993
    Abstract: A mobile device includes first identification circuitry and second identification circuitry. The first identification circuitry is associated with a first network and the second identification circuitry is associated with a second network. The mobile device simultaneously registers itself with the first and second networks using the first and second identification circuitry, respectively. The first and second identification circuitry may each comprise subscriber identity modules. The mobile devices handle outgoing and incoming calls based on user preferences. The user may override the preferences for selected calls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Sudhakar Nagarajan
  • Patent number: 7917185
    Abstract: A portable electronic device (20) comprises a housing (22), a battery (26), a battery cover (28) and a trigger mechanism (24). The housing (22) have a battery chamber (222) defined therein. The battery cover (28) have a mating portion (2822) formed thereon. The battery (268) assembled in the battery chamber (222) with the battery cover (28) covering thereon. and The trigger mechanism (24) comprise an expanding portion (242), a securing portion (244), and a resisting portion (246), the securing portion (244) have two ends respectively connecting the expanding portion (242) and the resisting portion (246), the mating portion (2822) is configured for securely engaging with the securing portion (244) so as to restrain the expanding portion from expanding. The expanding portion (242) is secured within the battery chamber (222). The resisting portion (246) is configured for resisting against the battery (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Zheng Shi, Chih-Chiang Chang
  • Patent number: 7917115
    Abstract: Methods and systems for auto detecting and auto switching antennas in a multi-antenna FM transmit/receive system are disclosed and may include detecting when an external antenna may be coupled to an external port of the wireless device and utilizing the external antenna for transmitting and/or receiving FM signals. The decoupling of an external antenna from an external port may be detected, which may cause the FM radio transmitter/receiver to be configured to transmit and/or receive FM signals utilizing antennas internal to the wireless device. One or more test signals, which may include AC signals, may be generated within the chip for detecting whether an external antenna may be coupled to an external port. A reflected signal from an external port may be measured and compared to a prestored value corresponding to a reflection due to an open circuit at the one or more external ports of the wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas Baker
  • Patent number: 7912523
    Abstract: A portable electronic device includes a base or first member, a flip or second member, and a hinge mechanism pivotally connecting the second member to the first member for pivotal movement between a closed position and an open position. The hinge mechanism includes a first semi-annular elongated recess and a semi-annular elongated concave member with a semi-annular elongated concave surface, the semi-annular elongated rotation member being pivotally and slidably disposed within the first semi-annular elongated recess, and the semi-annular elongated concave surface of the semi-annular elongated rotation member being exposed when the first member and the second member are in the closed position and being not exposed when the first member and the second member are in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventors: Vaibhava Anand, Deepak Saini
  • Patent number: 7881678
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present disclosure relates to a radio frequency (RF) device for communicating on a wireless network. The device includes an antenna coupled to an RF circuit. The device further includes a body housing the RF circuit and the antenna. The device yet further includes a support member extending from the body. The support member is configured to be coupled to an object. The support member is prevented from moving laterally and vertically relative to the object when coupled to the object. The support member and body are configured to allow the body and the antenna to rotate about an axis when the support member is prevented from moving laterally and vertically relative to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Thomas Menden, Timothy Gamroth, Jerel Scott Jamieson
  • Patent number: RE42814
    Abstract: A method and device for securing a removable Attached Computer Module (“ACM”) 10. ACM 10 inserts into a Computer Module Bay (“CMB”) 40 within a peripheral console to form a functional computer such as a desktop computer or portable computer. The present ACM 10 includes a locking system, which includes hardware and software 600, 700, to prevent accidental removal or theft of the ACM from the peripheral console. While ACM is in transit, further security is necessary against illegal or unauthorized use. If ACM contains confidential data, a high security method is needed to safeguard against theft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Acqis Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: William W. Y. Chu
  • Patent number: RE43820
    Abstract: An amplifier module for radio frequency signal circuits includes an electrically conductive housing. Two coax connectors are electrically linked to an amplifier circuit contained within the module. A separate transformer is external to the module. Both the module and the external transformer are mountable to a chassis frame. Other modules are usable in the system in addition to the amplifier module. The transformer can be wall mounted to the chassis frame, or the transformer can be internal to a module which also mounts to the chassis frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: ATX Networks Corp.
    Inventors: Todd Charles Ortberg, Zakhary Bluband, Glen Backes
  • Patent number: RE44122
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are disclosed that can adapt off-the shelf PDA devices (90) to user input/output applications such as data entry applications and cellular phone applications. The resulting apparatus (10) may be sized and shaped to be durable and facilitate handheld operation when the user is mobile during use. The apparatus provides features required for portable data entry such as key entry, barcode scanning, radio frequency identification, and wireless local area network (LAN) as well as wide area network (WAN) communications. The apparatus may be operated (a) in a slave mode with inclusion of a PDA device (90) for use in certain input/output operations that are processor intensive as well as (b) in a stand-alone mode without inclusion of a PDA device (90) for use in certain other input/output operations that are not processor intensive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Rajendra Kumar
  • Patent number: RE45181
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are disclosed that can adapt off-the shelf PDA devices (90) to user input/output applications such as data entry applications and cellular phone applications. The resulting apparatus (10) may be sized and shaped to be durable and facilitate handheld operation when the user is mobile during use. The apparatus provides features required for portable data entry such as key entry, barcode scanning, radio frequency identification, and wireless local area network (LAN) as well as wide area network (WAN) communications. The apparatus may be operated (a) in a slave mode with inclusion of a PDA device (90) for use in certain input/output operations that are processor intensive as well as (b) in a stand-alone mode without inclusion of a PDA device (90) for use in certain other input/output operations that are not processor intensive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Khyber Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Rajendra Kumar